i am a recovering addict and alcoholic, all my favorite music was composed by junkies and lushes, an

Note from Hannahrama: Side A is full of artists/band members that have managed to quit drug or alcohol abuse, legions of fans falling at their feet. Side B has artists/band members who died as a result of drug or alcohol abuse. You can't really enjoy much, when you're dead.

SIDE A: If they can do it, you can, too!
01. John Coltrane - "Aisha" (Ole Coltrane [Bonus Track])
02. David Bowie - "Heroes" (Best of Bowie)
03. Elvis Costello - "My Little Blue Window" (When I Was Cruel)
04. Velvet Revolver - "Fall to Pieces" (Contraband)
05. Tom Waits - "Anywhere I Lay My Head" (Rain Dogs)
06. Johnny Cash - "I Still Miss Someone" (Folsom Prison Blues)
07. Eric Clapton - "Tears in Heaven" (Clapton Chronicles: The Best of Eric Clapton)
08. Iggy Pop - "Private Hell" (Skull Ring)
09. The Used - "Yesterday's Feelings" (In Love and Death)
10. The Cure - "Lost" (The Cure)

SIDE B: Cut down in their prime

01. Nirvana - "Come As You Are" (Nevermind)
02. The Doors - "Touch Me" (Legacy: The Absolute Best)
03. Jimi Hendrix - "Castles Made of Sand" (Experience Hendrix: The Best of Jimi Hendrix)
04. Blind Melon - "No Rain" (Blind Melon)
05. The Ruts - "Staring at the Rude Boys" (Something That I Said: The Best of the Ruts)
06. The Ramones - "Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue" (The Ramones)
07. Townes Van Zandt - "If I Needed You" (The Late Great Townes Van Zandt)
08. Elliott Smith - "Roman Candle" (Roman Candle)
09. Deep Purple - "Smoke on the Water" (Machine Head)
10. Tim Buckley - "Chase the Blues Away" (Blue Afternoon)

my embarrassing secret is that, at nearly sixteen years old, i’ve often felt that the only reason i

Note from miss c: Oh, honey-honey. I remember being 14, sitting on my roof at 3am and feeling like things were never going to get better, but I hung in there because I knew deep down that they would. Now, there's nothing wrong with the blues, just find a way to channel those unresolved emotions and create! I like to listen to the songs here when I'm feeling down mostly because they are just so painfully beautiful - but they also remind me how I can always pick myself up again. I hope they help you too.

01. Red Hot Chili Peppers - "Scar Tissue" (Californication)
02. Metric - "London Halflife" (Grow Up and Blow Away)
03. Ani Difranco - "Both Hands" (Like I Said)
04. Led Zeppelin - "Tangerine" (III)
05. Dolly Parton - "The Grass Is Blue" (The Grass Is Blue)
06. The Wallflowers - I Wish I Felt Nothing" (Bringing Down The Horse)
07. Tori Amos - "Cornflake Girl" (Under The Pink)
08. Augustana - "Boston" (Midwest Skies and Sleepless Mondays)
09. Rolling Stones - "Angie" (Goats Head Soup)
10. Fiona Apple - "Sullen Girl" (Tidal)
11. Sigur Ros - "Olsen Olsen" (Agaetis Byrjun)
12. Smashing Pumpkins - "Soma" (Siamese Dream)
13. Belly - "Judas My Heart" (King)
14. Indigo Girls - "Romeo and Juliet" (Rites of Passage)
15. Linda Ronstadt - "Desperado" (Don't Cry Now)
16. James Taylor - "Sweet Baby James" (Greatest Hits)
17. Cat Stevens - "The Wind" (Teaser & The Firecat)
18. Sublime - "Rivers of Babylon" (Bradley Nowell & Friends)
19. Mazzy Star - "I've Been Let Down" (Among My Swan)
20. June Carter Cash - "Wildwood Flower" (Wildwood Flower)
21. Stevie Nicks/Fleetwood Mac - "Silver Springs" (The Dance)
22. Dispatch - "Out Loud" (Bang Bang)
23. Cranberries - "Daffodil Lament" (No Need To Argue)
24. Bob Dylan - "Like A Rolling Stone" (Highway 61 Revisited)

a mix for falling asleep in church

Compiled by: 231

01. Jack's Mannequin- "Rescued" (The Mix Tape)
02. Stephen Kellogg & The Sixers- "Keep Me In Your Thoughts"
03. The Perishers- "Nothing Like You & I"
04. Sufjan Stevens- "Casmir Pulaski Day" (Come on Feel the Illinoise)
05. Blank & Jones- "Breezin'" (Relax)
06. Telepopmusik- "15 Minutes" (Angel milk)
07. Jason Mraz- "Song for a Friend" (Mr. A-Z)
08. Colin Hay- "I Don't Think I'll Ever Get Over You" (Garden State Soundtrack)
09. Alexei Murdoch- "Orange Sky" (The OC Mix 3)

Compiled by: Cropulis

01. Peter Gabriel- "The Feeling Begins" (Passion: Music for The Last Temptation of Christ)
02. Brian Eno- "Spider and I" (Before and After Science)
03. Sun Kil Moon- "Jesus Christ Was An Only Child" (Tiny Cities)
04. Big Star- "Big Black Car" (Third Sister Lovers)
05. Van Morrison- "Beside You" (Astral Weeks)
06. Sufjan Stevens- "Abraham" (Seven Swans)
07. Sonic Youth- "Do You Believe in Rapture?" (Rather Ripped)
08. Nada Surf- "Neither Heaven Nor Space" (Let Go)
09. King Crimson- "Cadence and Cascade" (In The Wake of Poseidon)
10. Jeff Buckley- "Satisfied Mind" (Sketches for my Sweetheart, the Drunk)

Bonus Track (Getting Caught sleeping in church... and having to pay for it)
11. Soundgarden- "Jesus Christ Pose" (Badmotorfinger)

the snot in the upper half of my brain is making me dizzy mix

01. Sia - "Breathe Me" (Colour The Small One)
02. The Velvet Teen - "Penicillin" (Elysium)
03. Sorry About Dresden - "Sick & Sour" (Saddle Creek 50)
04. Charles Manson - "Sick City" (Life)
05. Matt Costa - "Cold December" (Songs We Sing)
06. Feist - "Lonely Lonely" (Let It Die)
07. Pilate - "Out On My Feet" (Caught By The Window)
08. They Might Be Giants - "Am I Awake?" (Indestructible Object)
09. Julie Doiron - "The Surgery Is Over" (Heart & Crime)
10. Eagle*Seagull - "Your Beauty Is A Knife I Turn On My Throat" (Eagle*Seagull)
11. The Blow - "Watch The Water Roll Up" (Bonus Album)
12. Snow Patrol - "Ask Me How I Am" (When It's All Over We Still Have To Clear Up)
13. Belle & Sebastian - "Get Me Away From Here, I'm Dying" (If You're Feeling Sinister)
14. Abandoned Pools - "Never" (Humanistic)
15. Company - "In The Jaws Of The Lion" (Parallel Time)
16. Elliott Smith - "The Worst Part Is Over" (From A Basement On The Hill II)
17. The Pixies - "Where Is My Mind?" (Wave Of Mutilation)

i get a kick out of songs with some scientific merit (esp astronomy!). i admit my nerd-dom with plea

01. Laura Veirs - "Galaxies" (Year Of Meteors)
02. Yo La Tengo - "Center Of Gravity" (I Can Hear The Heart Beating As One)
03. Yann Tiersen + Neil Hannon - "Life On Mars" (Black Session)
04. Air - "Venus" (Talkie Walkie)
05. Paul Simon - "St. Judy's Comet" (1964-1993)
06. Sia - "Moon" (Colour The Small One)
07. The Blow - "The Moon Is There, I am Here" (Bonus Album)
08. Mirah - "The Sun" (College Park Is Always Ready To Party)
09. Supreme Beings Of Leisure - "Last Girl On Earth" (S/T)
10. Stars - "Theme From The Stars" (A Lot Of Little Lies For The Sake Of One Big Truth)
11. Jason Webley - "Constellation Prize" (Against The Night)
12. Jeff Buckley - "Murder Suicide Meteor Slave" (Sketches For My Sweetheart The Drunk)
13. Oingo Boingo - "Weird Science" (Best O' Boingo)

depressing songs to play at the porn store i work at, so customers forget they’re horny and go home

01. Iron & Wine - "The Sea and the Rhythm" (The Sea and the Rhythm [EP])
02. Air - "Alone in Kyoto" (Talkie Walkie)
03. Domotic - "There May Be a Tiger" (Ask For Tiger)
04. Cocorosie - "Lyla" (La Maison De Mon Reve)
05. Bjork - "Desired Constellation" (Medغlla)
06. The Books - "A Little Longing Goes Away" (Lost and Safe)
07. Clint Mansell, Kronos Quartet - "Ghosts of Things To Come" (Requiem For a Dream Sountrack)
08. Architecture in Helsinki - "Where You've Been Hiding" (Fingers Crossed)
09. The Album Leaf - "Twenty Two Fourteen" (In a Safe Place)
10. The Microphones - "The Moon" (The Glow Pt. 2) or (Song Islands) - for an acoustic version
11. Xiu Xiu - "Little Panda McElroy (B)" (Fabulous Muscles)
12. Sufjan Stevens - "Flint (For the Unemployed and Underpaid)" (Greetings From Michigan, the Great Lake State)
13. Jon Brion - "Theme" (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Soundtrack)

bonus track (for when they're driven away):
14. Rusty Santos - "I Am Loner" (Outside Versus In)

compiled by: Jess

01. Mi and L'Au - "Boxer" (Mi and L'Au)
02. Blur - "No Distance Left To Run" (13)
03. Okkervil River - "A Favor" (Sleep and Wake-Up Songs)
04. Bob Dylan - "It Ain't Me Babe" (Another Side Of Bob Dylan)
05. The Beatles - "For No One" (Revolver)
06. Elliott Smith - "Everything Reminds Me Of Her" (Figure 8)
07. Magnolia Electric Co. - "Hard To Love A Man" (What Comes After The Blues)
08. Belle and Sebastian - "The Boy Done Wrong Again" (If You're Feeling Sinister)
09. Bright Eyes - "Something Vague" (Fevers And Mirrors)
10. David Thomas Broughton - "Unmarked Grave" (The Complete Guide To Insufficiency)
11. Leonard Cohen - "Is This What You Wanted?" (New Skin For The Old Ceremony)
12. Angels of Light - "Come For My Woman" (Akron/Family & Angels of Light)

Compiled by: valdemar

note from valdemar: If the "When her blood is BROOOOOOOOOOOWWWNNNN!!!" sequence in Horsey doesn't scare them off I don't know what will.

01. Tori Amos - "Me and a Gun" (Little Earthquakes)
02. Low - "Embrace" (Things We Lost in the Fire)
03. Bonnie 'Prince' Billy - "Wolf Among Wolves" (Master and Everyone)
04. The The - "The Whisperers" (Naked Self)
05. Rachel's - "Last Things Last" (Systems/Layers)
06. Miranda Sex Garden - "Serial Angels" (Fairytales About Slavery)
07. The Black Heart Procession - "The Letter" (The Spell)
08. Magnolia Electric Co. - "Hard to Love a Man" (What Comes After the Blues)
09. Morphine - "The Saddest Song" (Good)
10. Feist - "When I Was A Young Girl" (Let it Die)
11. Current 93 - "Horsey" (Cats Drunk On Copper: Live at the Union Chapel)

Compiled by: TS Hamtramck
01. Gram Parsons - "That's the Bag I'm In" (Another Side of This Life)
02. Nick Lowe - "I'm a Mess" (The Convincer)
03. Roxy Music - "End of the Line" (Siren)
04. Willie Nelson - "Permanently Lonely" (Crazy: The Demo Sessions)
05. Homesick For Space - "Across This Barren Sea" (Unison)
06. John Fahey - "Dry Bones in the Valley" (Americana Masters: John Fahey)
07. Calexico/Iron and Wine - "Dead Man's Will" (In the Reins)
08. Nina Simone - "Strange Fruit" (Pastel Blues)
09. Antony and the Johnsons - "You Are My Sister" (I Am a Bird)
10. Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - "Helpless" (Deja Vu)
11. Aimee Mann - "Wise Up" (Original Soundtrack: Magnolia)
12. Louis Armstrong - "What a Wonderful World" (The Definitive Collection)

songs that remind you of hiding even now what really matters cos’ you might get busted.

Note from Jordon: the first side is to inspire you to hide everything. The second side is for listening to during the process of hiding yourself and/or your stuff.

SIDE A: You've Got To Hide Your Love Away
01. The Beatles - "You've Got To Hide Your Love Away" (Help!)
02. Kings Of Convenience - "Summer On The Westhill" (Quiet Is The New Loud)
03. Imogen Heap - "Hide And Seek" (Speak For Yourself)
04. Cat Power - "Troubled Waters" (The Covers Record)
05. The Shins - "The Past And Pending" (Of, Inverted World)
06. Badly Drawn Boy - "Life Turned Upside Down" (One Plus One is One)
07. Nina Simone - "End Of The Line" (Pastel Blues - Let It All Out)
08. Broken Spindles - "Move Away" (Lagniappe)
09. The Polyphonic Spree - "Move Away And Shine" (Thumbsucker OST)

SIDE B: On The Road To Findout
01. Cat Stevens - "One The Road To Findout" (Tea For The Tillerman)
02. The Decemberists - "The Legionnaire" (Cast Aways And Cutouts)
03. Whispertown 2000 - "On The Move" (Livin' In A Dream)
04. Now It's Overhead - "Turn & Go" (Fall Back Open)
05. Rilo Kiley - "I Love LA" (Rilo Rarities)
06. Aqueduct - "Suggestion Box, The" (I Sold Gold)
07. Wilco - "Outta Mind (Outta Sight)" (Being There)
08. The Subways - "No Good-byes" (Young For Eternity)


01. Beck- "Satan Gave Me A Taco" (Stereopathetic Soul Manure)
02. Primus- "Shake Hands With Beef" (The Brown Album)
03. King Crimson- "Cat Food" (In the Wake of Posiedon)
04. Syd Barret- "Late Night" (The Madcap Laughs)
05. Nine Inch Nails- "Burn" (Downward Spiral Deluxe)
06. Adrian Belew- "Madness" (Side One)
07. Electric Six- "Danger! High Voltage" (Fire)
08. Nirvana- "Stay Away" (Nevermind)
09. Soundgarden- "Blow Up the Outside World" (Down on the Upside)
10. Neil Young- "Wrecking Ball" (Freedom)
11. The Who- "We Close Tonight" (Odds and Sods)

Songs for the guy who has the worst gas in the world, but you love him anyway.

Note from claymsu: I give you a rock opera, to tell the world your story of despair, loyalty and triumph....

First, he revels in his stink:
01. Mason Williams - "Classical Gas" (The Mason Williams Phonograph Record)
02. The J. Giles Band - "Love Stinks" (Love Stinks)
03. AC/DC - "Thunderstruck" (The Razor's Edge)
04. The Stooges - "Search & Destroy" (Raw Power)
05. The Prodigy - "Breathe" (The Fat Of The Land)

Then, she addresses the issue:
06. Joan Jett & The Blackhearts- "I Hate Myself For Loving You" (Up Your Alley)
07. Belinda Carlisle - "I Get Weak" (Heaven on Earth)
08. Aimee Mann - "Save Me" (Magnolia - Original Soundtrack)

He lovingly explains to her:
09. Bright Eyes - "Let's Not Shit Ourselves (To Love and To Be Loved)" (Lifted or The Story Is In The Soil, Keep Your Ear To The Ground)
10. Elvis Costello - "Accidents Will Happen" (Armed Forces)
11. Bob Dylan - "I Shall Be Released" (The Essential Bob Dylan)

She learns to accept it, which leads to embracing it:
12. New Order - "World (The Price of Love)" (Republic)
13. Oasis - "Go Let it Out" (Standing On The Shoulders Of Giants)
14. Garbage - "Push It" (Version 2.0)
15. Public Enemy feat. Antrhax - "Bring the Noise" (Attack Of The Killer B's)

and they lived happily ever after...

16. The White Stripes - "Your Southern Can Is Mine" (De Stijl)

machine superintelligences from the future are transmitting on our frequency through the vacuum of s

Note from valdemar: this is a freaky party.

01. Ulver - "The Future Sound of Music" (Perdition City)
02. Numbers - "Driving Song(Crash remix)" (Death)
03. Jim O'Rourke - "And I'm Singing" (I'm Happy, And I'm Singing, And a 1,2,3,4)
04. Goodiepal - "Icon Dub" (Narc Beacon)
05. Xiu Xiu - "Pink City" (A Promise)
06. Steve Reich and Pat Metheny - "04 Electric Counterpoint: Fast" (Different Trains /Electric Counterpoint)
07. Four Tet - "Spirit Fingers" (Rounds)
08. Praxis - "Crash Victim/Black Science Navigator" (Transmutation (Mutatis Mutantis))
09. Juana Molina - "Filter Tags" (Tres Cosas)
10. Under Byen - "Syng Hvide Nat" (Kyst)

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